Students will notice many changes on campus as they return for the fall 2022 semester.
This summer, Texas Tech University has made improvements that may impact you during your return to campus, including new facilities, building renovations, technology, equipment and more. While this list is not comprehensive, here are some of the newest changes in Raiderland:
Student Union Food Court
- The food court in the Student Union Building (SUB) has undergone renovations to provide additional space for food vendors, more options for students and a better customer flow. The food court is now open with Pizza Hut, Boar's Head Deli, Raider Pit BBQ and a wall of Grab & Go items.
Sam's Place in the SUB
- Sam's Place in the SUB has a new menu and now serves your favorite Mediterranean entrées. Build your bowl or Naanarito with a choice of fresh veggies, authentic sauces, and options such as steak, meatballs and Halal chicken.
Red Raider Plaza
- Red Raider Plaza, located at the northwest corner of the SUB and the library, will reopen this fall with a new look. The outdoor student space will have new furniture, new games and newly landscaped grounds for all Red Raiders to enjoy.
- The Campus Store by Follet has chosen a new name, which will be revealed on Aug. 23 as part of Student Union & Activities' Night at the SUB & Food Fest event. The name was submitted via a social media contest and voted on by students. You can expect the same merchandise and resources in the store along with the café serving Starbucks coffee.
SUB Police Station
- The SUB Police Station has been remodeled to create a larger space for Texas Tech Police Department officers.
- Carpenter/Wells buildings No. 5 and No. 12 have been completely renovated by University Student Housing.
- Bledsoe Hall is undergoing renovations and will not be in use for the upcoming academic year.
- Sneed Hall has all new laundry facilities on each floor.
College of Media & Communication
- All third-floor production computer labs are in the process of being upgraded with new Macintosh machines, and the Esports lab has been outfitted with Alienware computers.
Academic Sciences building
- Texas Tech University broke ground on the new Academic Sciences building in December and is currently in the construction phase. The three-story, approximately 129,000-square-foot structure will be located within the historic academic core of campus, adjacent to the current Chemistry and Physics & Geosciences buildings. The facility will include research and teaching laboratory space for the Departments of Geosciences, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Psychological Sciences. Associated offices, laboratory support spaces, classrooms, collaboration and student success spaces will be incorporated as well as ancillary space to accommodate facility support. Exterior enhancements may include courtyards, arches and/or a new facade for a portion of the existing Chemistry building. This project's anticipated completion is fall 2024.
- At the Museum of Texas Tech University, a new east wing is being added to house the Arnold Family Collection. The Dr. Robert Neff and Louise Willson Arnold Wing contains approximately 18,000 gross square feet and includes gallery space, collection storage, collection preservation, restoration space, academic offices and support space, classrooms, and teaching/research laboratory spaces. Completion is expected in the summer of 2023.
- Texas Tech has welcomed the following new deans:
- Tosha Dupras was named dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and began her new role on June 1.
- Martin Camacho was named dean of the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts (TCVPA) and began his new role on July 1.
- Upe Flueckiger was named dean of the College of Architecture and began his new role on July 1.
- Jill Hernandez was named dean of the Honors College and will assume her new position on Sept. 15.
- Texas Tech has welcomed the following new deans:
Masked Rider's new horse
- A new horse was chosen for the Masked Rider program following Fearless Champion's retirement in June after 10 years of service. The horse's new name is expected to be announced in September.
- In June, Texas Tech announced its role in the formation of the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities (HSRU), which is intended to increase opportunities for those historically underserved by higher education by working toward two goals: 1) Double the number of Hispanic doctorates, and 2) Increase the number of Hispanic professors by 20%.
Cash Family Gift
- On June 30, the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) at Texas Tech University announced a $3.5 million gift, the largest single gift in its history, and its intent to create the Cash Family
Ranch Life Learning Center. The gift from The Cash Foundation serves as the lead gift
to help build the interactive and immersive ranching education experience.
- On June 30, the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) at Texas Tech University announced a $3.5 million gift, the largest single gift in its history, and its intent to create the Cash Family Ranch Life Learning Center. The gift from The Cash Foundation serves as the lead gift to help build the interactive and immersive ranching education experience.